South Padre Island: BROWN NODDY
first sighting: May 27 Map
On May 27 Sea Turtle patrol summer intern David Rosenbaum found a Brown Noddy flying along the beach in a mixed tern flock south of the jetty on the surf line.
Davis Mountains Preserve: SHORT-TAILED HAWK
first sighting: June 4
Rich Kostecke photographed a dark morph Short-tailed Hawk at the Nature Conservancy's Davis Mountains Preserve on June 4. The bird was along the Livermore Rd (stretch of road between the upper portion of the Limpia Chute Trail and Mt. Livermore summit). This is the same stretch of road that last year on the same date he saw an immature light morph Short-tailed Hawk. The preserve will hold an open weekend on July 14-16.
Randall County, TX: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: Jun 17; last update: Jun 23 Map
Mark Lanham found and photographed a Varied Thrush along Palo Duro Creek at Wagon Wheel Ranch, 5.5. miles NW of Canyon, TX. Canyon is south of Amarillo in the Panhandle on Jun 17. Also viewed on Jun 18. Photos posted on Facebook. It's not known if the ranch is accessible to the public. The bird was not seen on Jun 19 and has not been relocated.
Comal County: BROWN BOOBY
first sighting: June 7; last update: June 24 Map
Colton Robbins reported that on June 7 he observed a juvenile Brown Booby on the control tower of the dam at Canyon Lake. Sightings have continued through June 24.
Baytown: BROWN BOOBY
first sighting: June 2; last update: June 4 Map
Michael Kuzio reported that on June 2 he saw 3 adult Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center. Viewed through a scope, the birds were on the power line tower at the end of San Jacinto Point. Bright white belly, brown head, neck and back, yellow feet and yellow pointed bill -- seen alongside Neotropic Cormorants on the tower.
Sightings of at least one bird continued through June 4.
Port Arthur: BROWN BOOBY
last update: May 25 Map
Several Brown Boobies have been seen at Pleasure Island near Port Arthur in recent months. Two adults were reported on Dec 26.
Latest Reports: Dec 30: Eight adults. Jan 2: Five birds. Jan 3: one adult and one juvenile. Jan 6: 2 adults. Jan 7: Five adults. Jan 12-13: 2 birds. Jan 14: 2 birds seen offshore from Sea Rim SP. (Map) Jan 17: 3 birds on west side of Sabine Lake in Port Arthur, feeding inside the north revetment. They were not found on Jan 19. (Mike Spencer) Feb 7: one bird reported at Pleasure Island. May 25: one bird was seen feeding at Sabine Lake close to the south end of the North Levee. (Mike Spencer)
Galveston: BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
first report: Apr 22; last update: May 13 Map
Susan Heath reported that on Apr 22 a Black-whiskered Vireo was seen and photographed by many at Lafitte's Cove on Galveston Island.
Latest Reports: Apr 23-May 13: continues. On May 6 Mark Steuer reported 2 birds were present.
Sabine Woods: BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
first report: May 4; last update: May 5 Map
On May 4 Dennis Shepler found and photographed a Black-whiskered Vireo in Sabine Woods, Jefferson County. There were 2 birds present, with some seeing both birds together.
Latest Reports: May 5: both birds seen
Bolivar Peninsula: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Mar 6; last update: May 6 Map
On Mar 6 Dave Bengston photographed a confirmed Great Black-Backed Gull at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary on Mar 6. It may be the same bird that was seen in January at the Texas City Dike.
Latest Reports: Apr 4: Ron Weeks observed likely the same bird, a very worn first cycle bird. Apr 6: Possibly same bird was at Boddeker Rd in Galveston. Seen by Tony Frank. Map Apr 8-11: at Bolivar Flats. There have been 2 individuals seen. Apr 13: 2nd-year bird found. Apr 14: two birds reported. Apr 15-May 1: one bird reported. On May 1 it was reported that the bird appears to be injured and may not be able to feed. On May 2 one bird was taken to a rehab facility. There may be 2 individuals as after the report of one taken to rehab, there were sighting reports of a Great Black-backed Gull at the same location at Bolivar Flats. May 6: one bird reported.
Houston: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Sep 20; last update: Mar 22 Map
A couple of reports have come in for a Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. Jennifer Miller reported it on Sep 20, and Dale Wolck on Sep 26. The sightings were around Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 4 winters. Last year it was reported from Aug 27 through Mar 4.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Sightings have continued through Jan 26. On Jan 28 Dennis Shepler photographed a 2nd Greater Pewee at Memorial Oaks Cemetery near Bear Creek Park (Map), The bird was in section #'s 11 and 15. Jan 29: morning, two birding groups confirmed with simultaneous sightings that there are now 2 Greater Pewees present in west Houston: Bear Creek Park and Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Jan 30: sighting at cemetery. Feb 1-Mar 22: Bear Creek Park bird continues.
Refugio: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Jan 24; last update: Feb 25 Map
On Jan 24 Derek Muschalek found a Golden-crowned Warbler at Shelly/Lion's Park in Refugio, in same area where one spent several weeks from 12/5/15- 2/24/16. The bird was seen with Orange-crowned Warblers along the creek, moving downstream. It was feeding and quite vocal.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Feb 25.
Laredo: AMAZON KINGFISHER
first sighting: Oct 30; last update: Jan 24 Map
An Amazon Kingfisher was photographed by Raul Delgado on the morning of Oct 30 on the Las Palmas Trail at Zacate Creek near Laredo. (Photo on Facebook) It continued to be seen through 5pm.
Directions: To get to Zacate Creek from US 83, just east of I-35/San Dario Avenue. From US 83, go south on Saint Jorge to Zaragosa Street, left on Zaragosa to San Eugenia, Right on San Eugenia one block to Water St. turn left on Water and park. Look for the Kingfisher along Zacate Creek, which is just east of you. DO NOT enter the creek. Respect the yellow tape boundary that the city has put up and bird from the hillside or trail. The bird is also being seen at Los Dos Laredos Park upstream on the Rio Grande, at 27.4994, -99.5097.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Dec 16. On Dec 10 it was seen noon-1pm from Los Dos Laredos Park, mostly on the Mexican side of the river, roughly opposite Santa Cleothilde Ave (27.49964, -99.51327) and ranging west from there about a hundred yards (halfway to the railroad trestle). (Brian & Eileen Keelan). Dec 15-18: sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 21-23: Sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 24: seen at creek mouth along Las Palmas Trail. (Tom Unsicker) Dec 25: morning, fishing in river near railroad bridge. Dec 26: at Las Palmas Trail. Dec 27: morning, at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 28: morning, at railroad bridge. Dec 29-Jan 17: continues. Jan 18-19: negative reports. Jan 22-23: along Las Palmas Trail. Negative reports for Jan 24.
Santa Ana NWR: NORTHERN JACANA
first sighting: Oct 12; last update: Nov 2 Map
A Northern Jacana was found by Franklin Nejame on Oct. 12 at Santa Ana NWR. He and his friend, Brian Kulvete believe there are two juvenile Northern Jacanas at Pintail Lake. Last year several Northern Jacanas were seen at Santa Ana NWR starting October 11 through March 13. (Photo on Facebook)
Latest Reports: Sightings of at least one bird continue through Nov 2. On Oct 22 and 27, two individuals were spotted (one on Pintail Lake 5, the other on Willow Lake 3). Not found on Nov 3.
TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)